Next Tuesday, August 9th, our next Drop Pod will focus on improving the player experience on several fronts. This update is set to expand each player’s customization options, include quality improvements, and will lay the foundation for even more community-requested features.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside!
VISORS WILL NOW WORK ON ALL CORE
Currently there are a number of visors in the game spread across the 5 armor cores. If you’ve wanted to use the shiny gold Noble visor (which has been locked to the Mark V [B] armor core) to complete your look on some of your other cores, you’ll be able to pull it off when the August Drop Pod lands.
What this means is that all visors that are in the game, and all future visors to come, will work across all helmets from all armor cores.
MARK VII HELMET MOUNT
Continuing with the theme of improving customization options, this Drop Pod will also allow certain Mark VII helmet mounts to be used across multiple Mark VII helmets.
This is in response to player feedback we’ve seen asking for an expansion of Mark VII helmet mount compatibility. Naturally, this grip came with some complexities because most helmet mounts for the Mark VII core are designed to fit a specific helmet, but some also happen to fit well on other Mark VII helmets.
The live team took some time with our artists to find out which helmet mounts look best and fit without clipping awkwardly or having large holes. As certain combinations may have clipping or large holes, not all Mark VII helmets will be able to use all helmet mounts – but the total number of options has been greatly increased.
If you have already unlocked these helmets and helmet mounts, they will automatically be usable. If you unlock them in the future, all possible combinations will be unlocked for you. There will be no need to unlock them after use.
A full list of helmet and helmet mount combinations will be included in the Drop Pod patch when published.
EXTRA RANKED PLAYLISTS
On the multiplayer experience front, this update will make it easier for us to implement more ranked playlists going forward. Starting things will be ranked double, which is set to land two weeks after the release of the Drop Pod – along with a CSR reset. Additionally, a social Team Doubles playlist will accompany Ranged Doubles on launch day, meaning Halo Infinite will have double the 2v2 fun.
We will monitor the health of ranked doubles and all of our playlists after they are added to the matchmaking series. If all playlists continue to work as expected, we’ll keep these additions and continue to experiment with adding more ranked playlists in the future.
REGION SELECT GROUNDWORK
In the opening of this blog, we mentioned that we also laid some groundwork for the future. Although there is no player-facing change here just Still, this Drop Pod contains much of the groundwork required to turn on Region Select in the future. This will allow players to choose between all searches in all regions (faster search times) or their local region (better ping).
This feature is still some time away, but players can spot some of the backend work that has been done to start putting things in place. We’ll have more to share about Region Select as we get closer to launch.
CHALLENGES ON THE PAUSE MENU
With this Drop Pod release, your active challenges will be visible while in a match on the pause menu. We know it’s useful to be able to quickly see your active challenges (as well as their descriptions) at any time during a match, so we’re very excited to see this implemented.
Please note: this screen will not show the exact numbers (remaining or total) of your challenges yet. Since challenges currently update at the end of a match, we chose not to show the numbers on purpose to avoid confusion about not seeing them update in real-time. We are working on turning it into challenges do tick during a match, but we wanted to give you all this useful first step since it was ready.
As always, we’ll have the full patch notes available on the Halo Support page (aka.ms/HaloInfiniteUpdate) once the update is released.
Thank you for your continued feedback on our Waypoint forums, Twitter, Reddit, and more as we continue to push to make Halo Infinite the best experience it can be. We look forward to seeing you online when the Drop Pod lands next Tuesday, August 9th!